School Finance Technical Advisory Group Examines Special Education Funding

Written by: Children's Campaign
Date Posted: October 26, 2012

The school finance technical advisory group convened by Sen. Mike Johnston and the Colorado Children’s Campaign took on the significant and complex topic of special education funding in Colorado at a public meeting Thursday. Representatives from the Colorado Department of Education led a discussion on the intricacies of how Colorado finances special education students with a combination of federal, state and local funds. They highlighted the challenges of both determining the true cost of the program and in implementing the program due to the many federal and state requirements regarding how children are served.

This was one in a series of meetings that are helping provide technical support for an effort to overhaul the state’s school finance system. The next meeting of the technical advisory group will be Tuesday, Oct. 30 from 2 to 5 p.m. at the State Capitol, 200 East Colfax Avenue in Denver. School finance expert Marguerite Roza, Research Associate Professor at the University of Washington’s College of Education and Senior Scholar at the Center on Reinventing Public Education, will lead a discussion on Colorado’s student count date and on the pipeline for how dollars flow from the state to students, also known as student-based allocation or weighted student funding.

To follow ongoing discussions among the members of the group and access meeting materials, we welcome you to join us online at Hope Street. If you already have log-in information, click here. If you’d like to sign up, contact Hanna Nichols at or (303) 620-4573.

Continue to look for ongoing updates in KidsFlash and on the Children’s Campaign’s website in the weeks ahead. Updating Colorado’s School Finance Act to ensure all children in every community gets the education they need is most powerful when we work together.

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